Favorite thing: On your way by ferry to Vinalhaven, you'll notice many brightly colored buoys floating in the ocean. They get denser as you approach the island. Being landlubbers, it took my family a couple of minutes to figure out what these were. They're lobster buoys, marking the location of the lobster cage. Each lobsterman (or lobsterperson, to be PC) is assigned his own special color combo so he/she knows which traps are his/hers.
Fondest memory: Lobstering is Vinalhaven's mainstay. Vinalhaven is a small community, but it is one of the largest lobster ports in Maine. I later learned from my kayak guide in Deer Isle (who used to have a lobster license) that each lobsterman gets a license for 800 traps. Licenses are issued on a territorial basis - so if you have a Vinalhaven license, you can't drop your traps around Deer Isle. On a good day, those 800 traps can catch 1,000 pounds of lobster.
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Hiking On Lane's Island Preserve
Favorite thing: Gunner and I spent a week on island and we really loved Lanes Island Preserve. Daily hikes and retrives on Sand Beach.
Fondest memory: Meeting Actor Michael York and his lovely wife
Lobster Boat Captain
Fondest memory: If only I had a Lieutenant Dan, I too could be a Lobsterboat Captain.
No seriously, lobstering is grueling work even in the summer. In the winter it is downright dangerous.